Are you one in eight? Statistics show that one in
eight couples is infertile.
Some types of infertility may be permanent, but
some may be reversible.
Sometimes the cause is physical, sometimes psychological
Herbal remedies can play an important part in assisting
fertility as well as emotional healing. In particular
where there is no pathological reason for infertility.
Your GP might tell you that there is nothing wrong
with either of you and advises you to ‘just
give it time’.
Diet plays a vital role. Foods containing vitamin
E, Selenium and Zinc significantly improve fertility.
Avoid coffee and alcohol which can cause vitamin
Eat plenty of food containing essential fatty acids
like unrefined vegetable and seed oils, nuts and
seed, beans and pulses.
Evening primrose and hempseed oil are very beneficial.
But most of all relax and enjoy life.
If several months go by, and you are still not
expecting, then it might be useful to see a practitioner
for herbal treatment.
The herbs prescribed by a registered herbalist
can help to balance the hormones and create favourable
conditions in the uterus.
No ‘standard recipe’
exists because each individual’s case is different.
A herbal treatment should be tailor-made for you
depending on your case.
Professor Kathy Sykes (Professor for Public Engagement
in Science and Engineering at the University of
Bristol who presented the BBC2 Open University programme
Alternative Medicine: The Evidence) described it:
“One herb is like a musical instrument but
several herbs mixed together are like an orchestra,
they work together synergistically.
Below is a selection of herbs:
Berry (Vitex agnus castus) stimulates the
pituitary gland thus normalising the female sex
This herb may also be used after discontinuing
the use of the ‘pill’ to restore normal
ovulation. It is a safe plant, which has been used
for centuries to rebalance hormones in women but
it is not fast acting.
It will take several months but its effects will
be powerful. It not only helps to improve fertility
but also minimises symptoms of PMS. It regulates
heavy, frequent or lack of periods.
Problems around the menopause can also be treated
with Agnus castus.
Unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum) is a
North American plant used as a tonic for the reproductive
It improves fertility and it helps to prevent miscarriage
where this is due to an over relaxed uterus. In
men it can be used to treat impotence.
As a bitter herb it has a tonic effect on the liver
and digestive system improving appetite and reducing
nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng). This
herb stimulates the immune system and increases
fertility in men and women. It can increase sexual
desire, increase sperm count and sperm motility.
has a stimulating effect on sexual energy, particularly
when low libido is associated with stress or a general
feeling of exhaustion.
Like Vitex it acts on the pituitary gland and the
Taken during childbirth it supports the second
stage of pushing and gives the flagging energy a
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